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Lu·mi·nary: noun 1. a body or conduit that gives light 2. a person who is an inspiration to others
Luminaries are a 7 piece conscious hip hop band from Venice, CA that are here to shine the light, and serve the world through their music. They bring such an amazing live show filled with messages of peace, love, and unity that inspire audiences to dance and feel empowered!
They have performed alongside such renowned artist as Michael Franti, India Arie, Matisyahu, K’naan, and always leave the fans motivated to “Be the Change.” With songs titled “Show the World” “Find a Way” “Peace” and “Only Love” it’s no wonder they keep getting booked at some of the biggest festivals in the world!
The group formed in 2006 after MCs J Brave, and Freewill started working together as counselors at a non-profit with homeless & at-risk youth in Hollywood, CA. While doing activism at the South Central Farm, a once thriving urban garden, they connected with fellow MC, Amore One. From this desire to help their community, they began the intention that would guide and shape the mission of the group. Under the tutelage of Freestyle Fellowship founder Myka 9, they would refine their skills, and create their new path of service to the world through music.
After performing shows as a group of vocalist to tracks, they attracted the attention of some of the best local musicians in the vibrant Venice Beach community. With Konscious Krieger on keyboards, Eric SoulLivin’ on guitar, Ben Jammin’ on bass and Ed "Dreams" Dixon on drums, Luminaries have since created a sound that combines the best elements of hip-hop, funk and rock.
Luminaries have toured the West Coast in their colorful bio-diesel powered tour bus, raising smiles and hopes everywhere they go. When returning home, they’ve also set up shop at their own recording facility, Konscious Studios in Santa Monica, where they currently are working on their debut album.